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SpaceX Astronauts Listened To AC/DC Before Launch

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SpaceX Astronauts Listened To AC/DC Before Launch

The two SpaceX astronauts reportedly listened to AC/DC ahead of lift-off.

According to reports In the US, NASA pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken had 'Back in Black' blasting out as they made their way to the shuttle.

During CNN's coverage of the historic moment, the reporter revealed how the astronauts got themselves seriously pumped up.

John Berman said: "We were told the astronauts listened to 'Back in Black' from AC/DC on their way to the rocket. In that vein let's just say, for those about to launch, we salute you."

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But this wasn't the only rock n' roll moment of the trip. According to NASA, Hurley and Behnken later received their wake-up call at 4:45 a.m. EDT with Black Sabbath's 'Planet Caravan'.

The launch yesterday (Saturday) marked the first time US astronauts have been sent into orbit from US soil since the Space Shuttle was retired nine years ago.

The two astronauts reportedly listened to AC/DC on their way to the shuttle. Credit: PA
The two astronauts reportedly listened to AC/DC on their way to the shuttle. Credit: PA

It was also the first time NASA astronauts had been sent into space on a rocket built by a private company.

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Earlier this afternoon (31 May), the SpaceX rocket finally docked at the International Space Station (ISS).

Following the successful launch, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said he was 'overcome with emotion' watching his rocket successfully launch after many years of hard work.

The billionaire said: "I'm really quite overcome with emotion on this day. It's kind of hard to talk, frankly. I've spent 18 years working toward this goal, so it's hard to believe that it's happened.

"It is a little hard to process. I think at this point I haven't sorted out my emotions.

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"This is hopefully the first step on a journey towards civilisation on Mars, of life becoming multi-planetary, a base on the moon and expanding beyond Earth."

The SpaceX shuttle successfully launched yesterday (30 May). Credit: PA
The SpaceX shuttle successfully launched yesterday (30 May). Credit: PA

The shuttle was originally set to launch on Wednesday (27 May), however, due to the tumultuous weather, it was called off.

But despite the delay and uncertainty, Musk told the press yesterday that he wasn't nervous about it.

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He said: "On Wednesday during the first countdown my adrenaline was railed at 100%, and when the launch was called off it went to 0 percent.

"I just basically collapsed and slept for the longest time I've slept in probably a year."

Adding: "Oddly enough, today (30 May), I don't know, it felt like the fates were aligned and I didn't feel nervous. I felt like it was going to work."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Science, Interesting, US News, Technology

Dominic Smithers
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